i talk about music a lot, & have a tendency to post songs that are stuck in my head in the hope that they will get stuck in your head instead. you're welcome.
"Sir, I learned so much from you," [Kel] said at last. "You’re the kind of knight I want to be."
He regarded her with the strangest expression in his eyes. “I am not,” he said. “But that you believe it is the greatest compliment I will ever receive.
So, as I’m rereading the Alanna books, I notice more now than ever how different Alanna’s time was compared to Kel’s. Not because everyone knows Kel is a girl, but because of how different the times were in each book. In Alanna’s books, King Roald was known as “the Peacemaker” so there wasn’t a whole lot of fighting going on. So consequently, knight training could be a bit more relaxed. I noticed how much free time Jon, Gary, and Raoul got as squires and knights. In Kel’s books, I don’t think free time existed. Kel’s time was a wartime with everybody on their toes. I am just super impressed with how much development Tammy put into her world from one generation to the next.
i’m rereading the kel books right now and i’ve been noticing this too. i love that even things like the training schedules and practices are different, because someone different is in charge now. it’s also great to see which things are still tradition and which practices have gone away or sprung up. (the beka books give this a whole new depth, cos you see the world 100 years earlier and there is just so much detail.) the amount of thought that tammy puts into these books KILLS ME, basically.